Boy (14) killed by trailer on farm in Carlow

Older brother (15) recovering in hospital after trailer overturned in ‘freak accident’


A 14-year-old boy named locally as Donal English Hayden has died and his 15-year-old brother was injured after a tractor drawing a trailer overturned at a farm in Co Carlow yesterday.

The teenagers were helping a neighbouring farmer in a sugar beet field when the trailer overturned near Ballon at about 10.30am.

The dead boy is understood to have been pinned under the trailer. He was rushed with his brother to St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, where he died later. He was due to return to secondary school today.

His brother is recovering in hospital.


Fr Brendan Howard

Freak accident

He said his heart went out to Donal’s family, who brought up their children in the best way. “You couldn’t get a more respectable family.”

The boy’s father, Matthew, ran in the last local elections in the South Carlow area. His mother Noeleen (née English), is a nurse in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow. Donal was one of seven children.

The Garda and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are investigating the incident. Inspectors from the HSA visited the scene.